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Spring Training Starts in Peoria on Feb. 22
PEORIA, Ariz. (Jan. 22, 2019) – Season 27 kicks off in one month in Peoria. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners will face off on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at the Peoria Sports Complex for the annual charity game, an event that celebrates the fundraising success for various local charities through the Peoria Diamond Club.
“Spring is here and it’s time to get excited about baseball,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “No matter how you like to enjoy America's pastime, stretched out on the lawn, sitting in a shady seat, or with a group of family and friends surrounded by specialty foods and craft beer, the Peoria Sports Complex has it all.”
The season starts with early popular matchups of the Mariners and Chicago Cubs on Feb. 24 and the Padres and Cubs on Feb. 28. Five of the season’s eight night games, a decrease from last year, will be on Fridays. The stadium will be open early at 4:30 p.m. every Friday for the new Happy Hour that includes drink specials ahead of game time. Back by popular demand this year are Dog Days, Kids Days, Little League Day, Education Night and Book it to the Ballpark.
“The Peoria Sports Complex is the place to be on Fridays during spring training with every Friday slated for a 6:40 p.m. night game,” said Mike Hyland, Peoria Sports Complex superintendent. “Start your weekend off right with a game and happy hour. Gates open early at 4:30 p.m. and, from 4:30-6 p.m., enjoy drink specials including $5 draft beers and entertainment at the left field Four Peaks Pavilion.”
This year new menu items will be introduced as well.
“We are thrilled to offer exciting new menu items for our fans this season,” said Hyland. “We are bringing a street taco cart to the stadium, adding a spicy twist to our Ruthian Foot-Long hot dog wrapped with jalapeno bacon and introducing the Mac Attack hot dog, family-sized Nacho and French Fry Helmets with your choice of a Padres or Mariners helmet to take home as a souvenir. Another souvenir concept for 2020 is a 32-ounce cup, good for $2 soda fountain refills all season long after the initial cup purchase.”Pitchers and catchers from both teams report for spring training in Peoria by Feb. 11 and position players by Feb. 16 for the Padres and Feb. 17 for the Mariners. First full squad workouts begin the day after position players report. Fans are welcome to watch player workouts at the practice fields starting Feb. 13. To find the complete 2020 Peoria home schedule, stadium information and tickets, visit www.peoriasportscomplex.com.